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"Read to my baby? Now?!"

When should you begin reading books with your baby? Maternal Child & Health Nurse Sue Doogan says the sooner the better!

Evelyn's first swim!

Evelyn's first swim!

I took Evelyn to the pool for the first time this week.  She loved it.  It is a swimming pool that is for kids lessons and they do a baby play session for 3month + bubs...

Expectations of motherhood

Expectations of motherhood

Adjusting to life with a new baby is enormously challenging and it can take time. Having realistic expectations of what pregnancy and motherhood involve can help women adjust to life with a new baby. This article will provide common misconceptions surrounding pregnancy and motherhood, along with some strategies that may be useful during this time. 

Feeding through the night.

Feeding through the night.

AM I...Taking a relaxed approach OR in control and getting my baby to sleep through? Being relaxed and going with the flow OR knuckling down and eliminating these unnecessary night feeds?...

Four months into parenthood

Four months into parenthood

After four months with her newborn, Alex has finally settled into her role as a mother ... as well as her role being a new parent blogger!

How can I soothe my unsettled baby?

How can I soothe my unsettled baby?

If you - like many - have an unsettled baby, Professor Jane Fisher explains the importance of caregivers establishing predictable routines of daily care. 

How to foster great relationships with grandparents

How to foster great relationships with grandparents

Encouraging our children to connect with their grandparents is one of the most important things we can do as parents, explains parenting expert Jane Barry.

It's essential to share the load

It's essential to share the load

As Alberto has discovered, it's essential to share the load of both paid and unpaid work when you have a baby.

Learning to go with the flow

Learning to go with the flow

For all the joy having a baby brought, for first-time mum Rochana there was also all manner of pain. But she found help was there when she needed it. 

Observing your baby

Observing your baby

In this piece Dr Bronwyn Leigh shares her tips to observe your baby to build stronger awareness.